US Senate holds hearing on Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations

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"I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

"As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump added.

Attached are the sworn declarations that were submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Republicans see her as a Democratic swing vote and have been pushing for her to confirm Kavanaugh.

"Clearly she is entitled to the respect of at least, a thorough, fair investigation", Blumenthal told CNN after the day's testimony.

The committee, with 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is set to meet at 9:30 a.m. ET, giving its members little time to review Thursday's remarkable testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students.

The Senate Judiciary Committee says it will ask President Donald Trump to open a supplemental background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it also allows Republicans an opportunity to clear the judge's name for what is a lifelong position on the nation's highest court. Only the White House can order the FBI investigation, which Democrats have demanded.

Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 majority.

One of the biggest disputes in the Brett Kavanaugh saga has not been over what questions should be asked about the alleged sexual misconduct of which he's been accused and which he strongly denies - but who asks them.

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The vote was initially scheduled for earlier, and after Democrats failed to force Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to call additional witnesses to testify, some Democratic members on the committee walked out of the hearing.

Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school.

"While both individuals provided compelling testimony, nothing that has been presented corroborates the allegation", Corker said in his announcement.

Before he cast his vote recommending confirmation, Sen. He said Kavanaugh has the potential of becoming one of America's "greatest" and cast doubt on Ford's allegations and said they were part of a plan to ruin Kavanaugh's candidacy.

It is unclear whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation will also examine claims from two other accusers - Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez and a former Maryland resident named Julie Swetnick. I don't know if they told their friends.

Ford's testimony was followed by that of Kavanaugh, who threatened Democrats, claimed he was the victim of "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and refused to agree an FBI investigation into the allegations was necessary before his nomination could proceed. Murkowski and Collins may not need to make an immediate decision; instead they could support moving the nominee ahead for a final roll call as they make up their minds.

Once Flake's vote became public, he was cornered for several by enraged protesters in the Senate elevator in an extraordinary scene captured on live television. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to determine the future of Kavanaugh's nomination. Last weekend, he pushed the committee to give Ford more time to decide whether to testify.

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